For most of the UK gun trade the role of manufacturing Chopper Lump tubes falls outside being a viable remit, the quantity required for internal production well below what would be considered a viable process in house. So the responsibility for the last 25 years has fallen on the shoulders of Chris Kay who, in 1990 diversified his family business Microfinish Ltd, a deep hole boring and honing service, into a specialist barrel making business, MIcrofinish Gun Barrels.
Chris made the first ten pairs of .410 barrels we used in 1990 when we started building the hand detachable lock guns, the same time as he started his business and he has supplied us with superb quality chopper lump tubes ever since in a range of sizes up to 8g.
Microfinish supply every gunmaker in England besides Holland & Holland with highest quality tubes, each to specific dimensions as required by individual gunmakers style and profiles. Customers who have relied on the precision services provided which are solidly based on a well established deep hole boring company, include ourselves, Boss, Purdey, Watson Bros, Greener (for whom he also bores the damascus twist forgings) and in fact any other person making shotguns in England using English chopper lump tubes!
It was very nice to see Chris, one of the ‘unsung heroes’ of the trade, here again at Westley Richards, he had made a visit to sell his services 25 years ago at the original Grange Road factory and today he came to have a look around our new premises and deliver more tubes.